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Shutter 16 Magazine is:

The collaboration of many enthusiastic and dedicated music journalists with a passion for the lens or written word.

With a broad spectrum of talents and specialties, there are no limitations to the music Shutter 16 will cover. Our goal is to give back to the art that encompasses our life and to employ a professional and knowledgeable staff with a wide variety of tastes to ensure no genre is neglected- underground and mainstream alike.

From local dives to the photo pit at arenas, Shutter 16 journalists can be found anywhere there is live music. We love it all. From the nitty-gritty to the shiny and polished, we do not discriminate against any music scene and we embrace our love for anything with a beat through our regular and wide-spanning coverage. With the integration of social media and our trademarked Instagram hashtag, #twitfromthepit, Shutter 16 also strives to connect with our many fans and showcase their role in the experience. Without them, music would play to dead air and our words and photos would be meaningless- just like a life without music.

We want you to be a part of this- your photos, your questions, suggestions, and criticism- because we do this for you- the fans, the musicians, the record labels and the entire music scene. You all are our heart and soul and without you, we couldn’t be doing this.

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Meet the Crew:

Dianna Augustine

President & CEO & Social Media Maven
Dianna Augustine – The leader of the pack, shutter16.fam, head photographer and brain schemer  has been a Charlotte based concert photographer since early 2002. Her passion for photography was cultivated by her grandfather, a very well known and decorated war photographer who put the first camera in her very small hands at the age of three. Originally, her eye was set on portraiture and architecture photos. That was until one very hot night she ran into a jazz club with one of her cameras on hand. The band did not object to her shooting and the next night after she processed the images and showed them; they bought them on the spot. This peeked an interest as she’d had so much fun just seeing the show, writing about it and getting the chance to wield her favorite piece of equipment that is, lets face it, her third hand/eye and second heart…and getting paid?!
Having toured for close to ten years with some of the biggest bands around on Ozzfest, Area 51 festival, NAMM etc recreationally as for many, it’s all with the “who you know” on where you go. The next time she shot a show was a touring friend of a large band that she once toured with that contacted her and asked if she was attending the show. She basically said “Only if I can get into the photopit” as a joke. The joke came to life that night under starry blazing scorching lights and as she stood in front of nearly 15,000 people to shoot photos of a buddy from back in the day. She realized right then she was destined for this. Her pulse raced, the camera took on a life of it’s own, the metal music blared and to this day she will tell you that defining moment of her musical journey is one that she tries to relive every time she hits that photopit. “Never more alive than with my camera, a excellent band, and amazing fans to set the mood.” She has shot some of the biggest names in the business (Incubus, Metallica, In Flames, Sarah McLaughlan, Stone Temple Pilots, Ozzy, Jason Mraz, Cher, Iggy Pop, Slash, etc) but still has a heart and a glorified passion of supporting and loving her local music scene. “These people are the ones that while not many of them do but, some of them make it to super stardom. Had they not been supported in the beginning who knows what bands we might have never got the pleasure of knowing, seeing, listening to, memorizing lyrics, blasting in the car, singing to on those long nights with tears a flame or angry hair flipping.” While never formally trained, her experience in the field and her unique eye makes her one of a kind and definitely a photographer you want in your pit, shooting your show and exposing your band to the world. Always for hire and always looking for the next best thing to shoot.

“I decided to bring shutter16 to life to give local and regional bands more of a voice. Want to show that Charlotte, NC is the next best big thing when it comes to music right behind all of the largest cities. It’s happening right now and continues to grow. Lets do this people only we can be the voice of the city!”

Photography: : Concert, Portraiture, Events, Wedding
Shoots with: : Strictly Canon cameras
Favorite thing to shoot: : Metal and Punk shows but I’ll do it all
View her Shutter 16 portfolio:

Sheila Walsh

Editor in Chief & Social Media Manager

Sheila Walsh graduated from USC Aiken in 2015 with a degree in English. While in school, she won an essay competition for an argumentative essay on why the arts are crucial to the education system. Additionally, she was recruited to play volleyball for USCA and contributed to a weekly journal discussing the life of a student-athlete. She currently resides in Charlotte, NC.


Andy Frisk

Journalist, Columnist

Carolinas based writer/journalist Andy Frisk love music, and writing, and when he gets to intermingle the two he feels most alive. Covering concerts and albums by both local and national acts, Andy strives to make the world a better place and prove Gen X really can still save the world.

Ash Starkweather


Ash was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania and started working with the music industry at a young age. At the age of 17 she became a DJ at the local radio station. Then she attended Valley Forge Christian College from 2008-2012 and attained a B.A. in Digital Media Communications. There she started her podcast, Pop Deflators, which has evolved into a full-fledged music site including Artist Interviews and Concert Photography, she also currently works for Rock Rage Radio as an online DJ and photojournalist.

Bobby Whitmire


Charlotte-area native, Bobby Whitmire, grew up heavily involved in the NC/SC hardcore punk music scene playing and booking shows. After a decade of moving around the country he settled in Charlotte again, where he decided to start school. At the end of 2014 he “borrowed” his family’s old film camera that hadn’t been touched in years, and since then you’d be hard-pressed to find him without at least one camera on him. In 2015 he decided to combine his love of punk and metal music with the passion he had for photography.

Brian Robinson


Wedding photographer by day, cool, bearded and tattooed rock photographer by night. Brian has taken some of the best pictures of local bands and visiting giants in recent years.

Brian Twitty


Image creator, music maker, old school skater and craft beer partaker, BT just sends it with no warm-ups. When you catch him in the streets doing and covering what he loves, give him a warm hello.

Cynthia Haithcock


Born and raised in North Carolina, Cynthia Haithcock is a self-taught photographer who has always had a love for taking photos. Along with photography, music is also one of her greatest passions in life. She attended her first concert in her early teens, which soon after resulted in her spending most of her youth at numerous gigs. She quickly became addicted to documenting the music scene and began further pursuing digital imagery while shooting local rock and metal bands in various cities around NC. She later joined Shutter 16 in 2011 and has since had the opportunity to cover many talented acts, both local and national. From crowded bars, to sold out stadiums, few things make her happier than being behind the lens, especially when it involves combining and sharing her favorite forms of art.

Diane Woodcheke


Diane Woodcheke has had her eye on a camera viewfinder since she was very young. She specializes in Fine Art, Event and Concert Photography. She is also a writer of concert and album reviews, as well as contributing to blogs. For more information please visit her website at


Frederick Gubitosi


Brooklyn native, Frederick Gubitosi, is a musician, artist, songwriter, and music journalist. Alumnus of Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College, the former teacher writes as an insider to world of music and the humanities. In the ’90s he had two solo painting exhibits in NYC and was involved in a performance art group which merged live music, improv theater and multimedia. In 1995 he participated in Philadelphia’s first performance of John Zorn’s “Cobra” as a musician. In 2005 he wrote, directed, and created the musical score for his comic play, “Love, the Happy Disease.” He now participates in events for Brooklyn’s Creators Collective making improvised music for modern dancers.

Jackson Sadinsky


Newer journalist to the team

Jimmy Warsham


Bio coming in hot.

Josh Gooch


Photographer Josh Gooch is a North Carolina native and a graduate of Appalachian State, Josh Gooch works in education, teaching graphic design at the community college level. Photography became a passion during his college career, and remained a constant addition to the ever-present soundtrack of life. Privileged to have turned an ear to hip-hop at a young age, after developing a love of music from ‘80s radio, Josh found that the revelation of rock music in high school was what led him to really devote serious amounts of attention to music. From there it was that first club show that sparked an addiction to live music and the exposure to various forms of it during the college years, cementing a love of passion and truth in music. Now, with the ability to combine the passions of photography and music, he hopes to continue to develop a creative voice that others appreciate.

Shoots with: Canon and Nikon
Shutter16 portfolio

Kate Scott Daly


Kate Scott Daly Chicago writer and photographer Kate Scott Daly specializes in music journalism. Her body of work includes live documenting over 200 bands, reviewing several albums and concerts, and multiple artist interviews.Kate continues to brave the photo pits of major music venues and outdoor festivals throughout the Chicagoland scene.

Kevin McGee


A North Carolina based photographer specializing in live music, Kevin never takes anything too seriously, least of all writing this bio. He believes art is the sole reason mankind developed civilization and music is best experienced live in small, dark bars of questionable cleanliness. His hobbies include sarcasm, being socially awkward, and referring to himself in third person. An unashamed geek, when not at a concert he can usually be found at the nearest sci-fi convention, playing video games, or trying to forge his Hogwart’s letter.

Luke Jamroz


“I would rather die of passion than of boredom.” —Vincent van Gogh

Luke Jamroz couldn’t agree more. His passions are many, so finding time for all of them is challenging even for Luke, who is perfectly willing to postpone sleep indefinitely. Photography, music – especially live music, adventure, travel, and sports are all necessary elements for him to live an inspired life. To enjoy them individually is great, but to combine them is even better. Luke dedicates time and attention to mastering the art of photography, but he does it while enjoying a great show or event or adventure. He has a natural eye for composition, a steady hand, and the patience of a kindergarten teacher – good qualities to have when shooting concerts and sporting events. In contrast to traditional “smile and be still” photography, Luke firmly believes “it’s OK to move.”

Me’lani Santos


I am Me’Lani Santos, also known as “IamZormak” and “The Crazy Picture Lady.” I began my adventures with Shutter 16 in January 2015. I absolutely enjoy being behind the camera rather than in front of it. I have a great passion for music photography. I also enjoy several other types of photography. I am currently in college pursuing a Graphic Design degree. I look forward to applying my creative learning adventures here at Shutter and beyond.

Nathan Leslie

Photographer, Recording

Nathan is avid concert goer who hails from Concord, NC. A graduate of UNC Charlotte, Nathan is an Audio/Visual Engineer in the Charlotte area. Nathan, who is a lifelong collector of concert recordings began recording shows himself in 2010. What began as a hobby has turned into a career for Nathan. With a passion for live music and reliving the concert experience, Nathan has taken on concert photography as well. You can find Nathan’s work at

Patrick O’Heffernan


Patrick O’Heffernan, the Host of Music FridayLive! and a reviewer for several online publications is a former Professor of International Relations and Mass Media at Georgia Tech and host of the “Uplinks” media critique segment on Saturday All Things Considered on NPR. He holds a PhD in International Relations from M.I.T.and has been awarded an Emmy, four Addy’s, and a Webby Honors, among other awards. He has published 5 books and ghost written others including the New York Times business best seller, “The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.

Ricky Thigpen


Richard Thigpen is a professional photographer, whose admiration for the combination of music and photography dating back over 20 years. His talent for music photography began when the opportunity made it possible to fuel the passion, whether it be at a local music venue or large outdoor music festival. Richard’s music portfolio has well exceeded hundreds of live concert coverage, which has given him visibility and opportunities to shoot for national magazines and promoters. When not behind the camera, Richard stays busy with his wife and two children, and playing competitive table tennis. One of Richard’s most memorable music moments is playing “Santa Monica” on guitar with his favorite band, “Everclear”, in the summer of 2003 at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park.



Contributing Photographers: Alex Cason, Bob Forte, Benjamin Robson, Jen Vesp, Gianna Haley, Juan Ossa, Steve Ransom, James Geiser, Wade Benton, Yifat Lee, Earl Mauldoun, Jay Travino, Brian Morgan
Contributing Photojournalists: Martin Thomas, Amanda Langley, Daniel Coston, Max Styles, Kevin Daniels, Gary Carota, Brandon Hanks
Contributing Videographers: Mues Productions
Contributing Writers: Molly Shores, Rosie Shores, Mallory Biggerstaff, Devan Penegar, Jaime Terry, Kevin Robbins
Column Editor: Jacqueline Parker
Graphic Designer: Amanda Tattermask, Josh Gooch, Dianna Augustine

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